Milady RISE
Educator Program

Your Pathway to Becoming a Confident Educator

Secure your seat. Program started on June 5, 2023. Last day to enroll is June 19, 2023.

School Owners: If you'd like to purchase this program for your School Instructors please email
Milady RISE Educator Program

Learn how to successfully share your passion and knowledge with others as a classroom educator. Enroll in this new six-month program designed for new and future classroom educators. This program is taught by Lisha Barnes, Milady Academic Development Manager and will prepare you for success in teaching in a classroom and for a career as an confident educator. 

You will learn all aspects of teaching from delivering an effective presentation, to planning a preparing memorable lesson to effectively managing the classroom environment. Additionally, you will learn the characteristics and requirements for a professional educator and how to create student success in your students. This program does not lead to a state license.

  • Instructor-Led
    Blended Program

    This 6- month program will be a mix of self-paced learning and bi-weekly live sessions. You'll also have the ability to interact with other learners in the program.

  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

    We're confident that you'll love this program, but if it isn't what you were expecting we'll refund you for up to 30-days.

  • Differentiate

    Stand out amongst competition with this industry-first program that serves as your pathway to confident and successful teaching in a classroom.

Become a confident educator and lead your students towards success

with the Milady RISE Educator Program

Key Benefits:

Successful preparation for teaching a classroom

Recorded and bi-weekly live sessions over a 6-month period (~10 hours per week)

Ability to interact with other learners in the program

Opportunity to learn directly from Lisha Barnes

30-day money back guarantee

Stand out amongst competition

Milady has delivered over 13,000 hours of continuing education to beauty school educators last year and certified over 900 educators as Master or Advanced Master Educators to date

What to expect from this program

You'll Learn:

Learner Characteristics and Learning Principles

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Program Development and Lesson Planning

Educational Aids and Technology

Communicating Confidently and Effective Presentations

Classroom Management and Supervision

Challenges to Learning

Assessing Progress and Advising Students

Success Strategies for Students

And so much more...

About Your Instructor

Lisha Barnes

Lisha Barnes currently serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady. She is responsible for developing and delivering the Milady Professional Educator curriculum, Master Educator instructor CEU program, and supporting schools with curriculum development and product knowledge. She is a licensed cosmetologist, barber, and instructor. She received a Bachelor's of Science in Communications from Eastern New Mexico University and her Cosmetology, Barber, and Student Instructor training at Olympian University of Cosmetology. Lisha’s thorough understanding of the cosmetology school industry comes from over 25 years of hands-on experience serving in various roles, including Instructor, Director of Education, Admissions, Financial Aid, Accreditation, and School Administrator for multiple private cosmetology schools. Lisha has also served as NACCAS Commissioner and AACS Accreditation Committee Chair among many other prestigious positions.
Lisha Barnes Headshot

Become a confident classroom educator.


  • Who is this program designed for?

    This program is designed for new instructors or professionals who would like to become beauty school educators. It will serve as your pathway to confident teaching in a classroom.

  • How long is this program?

    This program will last for 6 months and will take about 10 hours per week.

  • How much does it cost?

    This program is available to you at $599.99. Remember, there is a 30-day money-back guarantee. All refund requests have to be received within 30 days of the course start date, to with the subject line "RISE Educator Refund"

  • Does this lead to a state license?

    No, this does NOT lead to a state license. This program was designed as a pathway to teaching with confidence for those in states with little to no license requirements for instructors.

  • Is this program live or recorded?

    Both. This is a blended program where some lessons will be live and others will be recorded. Please note: If you are unable to attend a live session, they will be recorded and available for replay.

  • Are the live sessions available for replay if I can not attend?

    Yes. If you can not attend the live sessions, don't worry. All live sessions will be available for replay, they are not mandatory to attend.

  • How much of this program is taught live?

    We will host bi-weekly live sessions to cover content or questions and answers. However, Lisha or TA(s) will be regularly available to answer questions via the chat or email. Please note: If you are unable to attend a live session, they will be recorded and available for replay.

  • Will I have direct access to Lisha Barnes, the instructor?

    Yes. Lisha will have set hours that she will be available for questions. We'll also have limited access for registration to ensure Lisha and TAs have ample time for each and every student.

  • Will I have the ability to interact with other students in the program?

    Yes. You'll have the ability to interact with other students via chat, discussion boards, etc. So you can learn and grow together.

  • What if I don't like the program or can't handle the time commitment?

    If you don't like the program, can't handle the time commitment, or it wasn't what you were expecting, we're offering a 30-day money back guarantee. So the program is no-risk to you - but we're confident you'll enjoy it.

  • What if I don't have time to get this done in 6-months?

    If 6-months (~10 hours per week) is too much, you can take this course at your own pace. You will have access to the course for 6 months after the program ends (a total of 12 months), so you have 1-year to complete the program and can take it at your own pace.

  • How does the 30-day money back guarantee work?

    If within 30 days of the program starting you decide that you don't like the program, or you can't handle the time commitment, you can request a refund by emailing The 30-day money back guarantee starts when the course starts (Ex: if the course starts on June 5, 2023, you have until July 4, 2023 to request a refund, even if you purchased the program months prior).

  • Will I get a certificate of completion?

    Yes. At the end of the program you'll obtain a certificate of completion.

  • When will I get charged for this program?

    If you decide to enroll in this program, you will be charged at the date of enrollment. However, the 30-day money back guarantee starts when the course starts (Ex: if the course starts on June 5, 2023, you have until July 4, 2023 to request a refund, even if you purchased the program months prior).

  • School Owners: Want to purchase for your instructors?

    If you want to purchase this program for multiple instructors, please email and let them know how many seats you'd like to purchase.

What others have said about the program:

Having just graduated from cosmetology school, I wanted to become an educator. Even though Texas no longer required instructor licensure, I wanted a strong teaching foundation - so when I saw Milady, the same curriculum I studied in school, offering the RISE Educator Program, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Before this program, I was a timid educator, but after completing it I felt much more confident. My fellow educators noticed the difference in me and I was able to share the knowledge I had gained from the program with them. I believe that, for anyone in Texas wanting to become an educator, completing this program will help set you apart.

—Educator and October 2022 Program Participant

One of our instructors completed the instructor course years ago, so we felt that the RISE Educator Program would be a great refresher for him, and beneficial for our other instructors to take the class since Texas no longer requires instructors to take the instructor program. We want our instructors to have all the resources and education possible to better instruct our students, and we want them to value education as much as I do. The industry has changed so much over the years, as well as the students, but overall our instructors enjoyed the class a great deal.

—Owner/ Director of Financial Aid for a school in Texas

Being new to teaching, I didn't feel like I was a strong educator, and could benefit from more training. My boss came to me and asked what I thought I needed, and I told her to participate in the RISE Educator Program. Having gone through the program, I learned how to identify the different learners and how to educate my students in a fun and interactive way. As a result of this program, I have become a more confident educator, and because of that, this program pays for itself.

—Educator and October 2022 Program Participant

I recently signed up for the RISE Educator Program and it was undoubtedly one of the most beneficial experiences I have had as an educator and director. It has enabled me to become a more confident instructor, as well as provided me with access to a network of other educators which is difficult to find. I was exposed to up-to-date information, various perspectives, and mindsets, and learned how to navigate CIMA just as my students would. I joined this program to serve as a role model for my other educators, share my knowledge, and be the best educator I can be. It also taught me the importance of different learners and classroom settings in the learning process. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to become a better educator.

—Educator and October 2022 Program Participant

If you think you're a good educator now, you're going to be great when you get through this program.

—October 2022 Program Participant

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